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LeT terror plot mastermind held

world Updated: Nov 22, 2009 19:41 IST
Bangladeshi security forces

Bangladeshi security forces on Sunday arrested a top operative of Pakistan-based LeT who is suspect to be a mastermind in the terror plot targeting the Indian High Commission and US embassy in Dhaka, officials said.

Mohammad Motalem alis Majnu, a suspected Bangladeshi operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was arrested from the capital's Motijheel area in line with confessional statement of three Pakistani LeT operatives arrested two weeks ago, officials said.

"We arrested Mohammad Motalem, alias Majnu, in line with the confessional statement of the three Pakistani LeT operatives," said Monirul Islam, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Detective Branch.

"We suspect him to be a mastermind of a plot to carryout an attack on the Indian High Commission and US embassy in Dhaka," he told PTI.

He said the 44-year-old suspected militant was remanded to custody for four days under an order from Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court for interrogation.

The Deputy Commissioner said Majnu, during initial interrogation, confessed that he was entrusted with the task to recruit LeT operatives in Bangladesh and arrange their passage to Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

"He confessed that he participated in the Afghan resistance against the Soviet forces in late 1980s," the police chief said.